Government sends 1,200 soldiers to replace workers

About 1,200 members of the military and 1,000 civil servants are being sent by the government to cover the striking ambulance drivers and Border Force staff.

Staff will be deployed to minimize disruption during the rest of the month as more key sector workers go on strike.

Up to 10,000 ambulance workers will go on strike on 21 December and 28 December, adding to December’s growing disruption in the UK.

Airports are also set to come to a standstill as border force personnel walk off the job, with the government hoping that army personnel can help ease the expected rush.

Posties, nurses, bus drivers and railway workers will also be on strike during Christmas.

Union bosses have complained that military personnel have not been adequately trained to fill in for the striking workers.

Number 10 said this week that military personnel would not be allowed to run red lights when filling in for ambulance crews.

UK Chief of Defense Staff Admiral Sir Tony Radakin warned the government against over-relying on the military during the attack.

“We are not spare capacity. We are busy and we are doing a lot on behalf of the nation – we have to concentrate on our primary role,” he told the Telegraph.

Striking workers are demanding a pay rise that equals or exceeds Britain’s annual inflation rate of around 11 percent.

The government has argued that it will not give increments beyond what is recommended by the public sector pay body.

Cabinet Office minister Oliver Dowden called on union leaders to call off their planned industrial action.

“We are trying to be fair, we are trying to be proportionate, we are trying to be fair,” he told the BBC.


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